Review: Lost and Found by Z.A. Maxfield

December 4, 2013 Review 3

Review: Lost and Found by Z.A. Maxfield

Lost: one dog and two men in need of each other. Found: love.

RV resort security chief Ringo never believed in love at first sight . . . until he saw Gavin playing his sax on the beach for the tourists. But their on-again, off-again affair—even counting all the great makeup sex—doesn’t come close to the relationship he wants. All he really wants for Christmas is a commitment from Gavin.

Instead he discovers that Gavin has had surgery without telling him, so he lays down a relationship ultimatum while Gavin recuperates. Complicating matters even more, Gavin’s beloved dog Bird runs away, and Gavin blames Ringo for the disappearance.

While Ringo throws every resource he has into finding Bird, he learns deeper truths about Gavin—how hard it is for him to trust and how little faith he has in love. Maybe if Ringo can find Bird, he can salvage Gavin’s faith. Maybe this Christmas, they can all find each other.

Title: Lost and Found
Author: Z.A. Maxfield
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: My Cowboy Heart, Home the Hard Way, My Cowboy Homecoming, Hell On Wheels
Series: Home for the Holidays
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: How I Met Your Father, Long the Mile, Christmas Kitsch
Published by Riptide Publishing
Source: Publisher
Published: December 2, 2013
Genres: Male Male Romance
Pages: 140
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Stars: five-stars
Flames: three-half-flames
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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Lost and Found by Z.A. Maxfield was a beautifully written sentimental journey of two wayward souls destined to be together. Ringo and Gavin are not without issues, both intrinsic and external. They each have their own baggage and may very well want different things out of life. Good thing that Ringo really knows what’s important; love and family.

Ringo has cared for and loved Gavin throughout their tumultuous on-off again affair. When Gavin found himself in need of assistance, Ringo stepped in to sooth the man and care for him and his dog. Unfortunately things do not always go as planned and the chocolate lab was lost. A Christmas miracle is needed to bring Bird (the dog) back, Gavin out of his self-inflicted funk and Ringo the love of his life.

Ms. Maxfield delivered emotional upheaval as Gavin dealt with demons beyond his self-control, if not for the patience and love of Ringo. Acceptance of what cannot be changed and discovering what you truly are and want was an integral part of the story, woven throughout.

The emotional journey of Gavin along with Ringo was touching and heart-felt. Both characters, as well as Ringo’s loving family were realistic and larger than life. Ringo’s family opened their hearts and home  to Gavin, thus allowing him to feel wanted along with Ringo’s desire, Gavin finally came home and found peace.

A wonderful tale that will truly set off a feeling of nostalgia and Christmas spirit. A must read.

Karyn Gerrard

Playlist:

 

Hello, and welcome to the Lost and Found blog tour! Thanks for having me here at The Jeep Diva! I really appreciate the chance to visit and tell you all about my latest Christmas novella, Lost and Found.

While I rarely listen to music while I’m writing, I often create a playlist, or listen to a certain song, to put me in the headspace for whatever scene I need to write. Haunting music, reflective music, sad music, happy music, and sexy music can all put me in a great frame of mind to get exactly the tone I like in my book. I freely admit that since Gavin in Lose and Found is a musician, I felt it was almost necessary this time to let music be my guide in writing the book, just as Ringo uses the music Gavin plays to guess his moods and whether he’s open or closed to having company in his little trailer.

Here’s the playlist I used:

Harlem Nocturne  — Illinois Jacquet

Feeling Good — Nina Simone

Drive – Incubus

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Michael Bublé

Believe – Josh Groban

 

While I was working on this book, Harlem Nocturne became one of my very favorite pieces of music, ever. It’s classic, it’s actually iconic. I would be surprised if there’s a person reading this who hasn’t heard it somewhere. It’s haunting.

What’s interesting is it was written by Earl Hagen, an American composer known for television and film music. He wrote the themes for shows like The Dick Van Dyke Show, That Girl, The Mod Squad, and get this, that ear-worm Andy Griffith Show whistling tune.

While I listened to that, wondering who wrote it, the last person I imagined was the guy who wrote the tune for I Spy. Yet Harlem Nocturne was written for Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer. Sexy, gritty crime stories. All the pieces fall into place.

Feeling Good came to my attention because of the Weight Watcher’s ad. I have a LOT of Incubus tunes on my iPod because I have kids.

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) is a no-brainer for this story, and my favorite Christmas song of all time, maybe because all my boys danced to it in the fifth grade (the boys waltzed with little girls all wearing pajamas: so cute).  That song is about miracles, and I two people finding each other and falling in love is kind of miraculous to me.

My character Gavin is a pastiche of a lot of the musicians I know, including those in my own family. People make music sometimes without even knowing it. Drumming, singing, playing idly while they’re talking, or dancing while waiting in line.

In Ringo I wanted to create an observant character who could translate all of Gavin’s restless musicality into a kind of code for his moods. Gavin’s fingers slow when he’s relaxed, they drum when he’s anxious. Gavin is more comfortable in crowds if he has an instrument for a buffer, and he has trouble communicating without one.

What’s the music you have in your head when you’re happy? What runs through your heart when you’re sad? Do you have a favorite holiday song? Comment here!

Thanks again for letting me into your ebook readers and into your hearts. Happy Holidays to everyone. Best wishes for the New Year.

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About Z.A. Maxfield

You can read an excerpt or purchase Lost and Found HERE. Remember, when you purchase Lost and Found in either ebook format, which you can find HERE or in the print anthology format, which you can find HERE, you’re helping to support the mission of the Ali Forney Center.

Z. A. Maxfield started writing in 2007 on a dare from her children and never looked back.  Pathologically disorganized, and perennially optimistic, she writes as much as she can, reads as much as she dares, and enjoys her time with family and friends. Three things reverberate throughout all her stories: Unconditional love, redemption, and the belief that miracles happen when we least expect them.

If anyone asks her how a wife and mother of four can find time for a writing career, she’ll answer, “It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you give up housework.”

Readers can visit ZAM at her website, Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr.

3 Responses to “Review: Lost and Found by Z.A. Maxfield”

  1. Sophia Rose

    I had to look up that song, but you’re right I’ve heard of it. I’m a Sam Cook fan. I have a CD of all the old greats singing the Christmas songs and I don’t really have a favorite. This story looks great. I love ZAM’s books so its just a matter of time until I read this one.

    • ZAM

      I am a sam cook fan too! His song A Change Is Gonna Come just gives me chills. (I heard my kid singing it in the shower the other day, and I nearly cried.)

  2. Trix

    I do love Earle Hagen (trivia: the Andy Griffith theme actually has lyrics, though I forget them past “Take down your fishin’ pole and meet me at the fishin’ hole”) *and* Sam Cooke! Unbelievably enough, the Christmas song I’ve been singing all week is “Let’s Get High For Christmas” by the Screaming Santas…I usually hate stoner humor, but who can resist all those harmonies set to a catchy Elvis Costello-esque tune?